April 30th, 2013
08:01 PM ET

Why is North Korea cooling it?

By Elise Labott

After weeks of fiery rhetoric, military saber rattling and threats against the United States and South Korea, North Korea seems downright quiet and willing to dial back the tension.

Fears Kim Jong Un would test a long-range missile have given way to an easing of his daily war threats, and North Korea has produced a list of conditions for dialogue.

In exchange for returning talks, North Korea wants the lifting of U.N. sanctions, the end of the U.S.-South Korea military drills, the withdrawal of U.S. nuclear strike capabilities from the region and a halt on criticism of the North. It also wants a South Korean apology for offending its leadership.

Still, even the subtle shift in tone is an improvement to the war footing Pyongyang was on just weeks ago.

So what gives?

It could just be the well-oiled pattern by the North in which hyper threats and provocations, such as nuclear and missile tests, are typically followed by a cooling off period in which the regime sits back and waits to be rewarded for backing down.

Moreover, U.S.-South Korea military drills ended Tuesday, which were a major cause of North Korea's angst.

Photos: Militaries and Korean tensions

But Korea watchers also know the road to North Korean compliance runs through Beijing.

During his trip to Asia last month, Secretary of State John Kerry placed premium importance on getting China to rein in North Korea.

While in the region Kerry said China had a vital role to play in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, calling China the "lifeline to North Korea."

"I believe China needs to become more engaged in this effort," Kerry has said since visiting Beijing. "Absent China coming to that table, I believe President Kim Jong Un calculates, literally calculates, that 'I can get away with anything if China isn't going to hold me accountable.'"

China, North Korea's largest economic partner and most important political backer, has been reluctant to pressure the North Korea.

China's main fear is that a collapse of the Kim regime could see the unification of the Korean Peninsula, which could put the American military at its doorstep. Beijing also doesn't want thousands of refugees crossing into China.

But after North Korea ignored China's warnings last December against launching a rocket into space, Beijing started losing its patience.

Then, after North Korea launched its third nuclear test in February, China supported stiff economic sanctions at the United Nations.

"Beijing's messages are not getting through and that is causing concern," one senior official said. "We think that is the main aspect for China's actions. And sure our diplomacy is playing a role as well."

Nuclear weapons: Who has what?

In recent months there has been an open and critical debate in China over its relationship with North Korea, which would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.

Once a politically sensitive topic considered off limits, online columnists and Chinese on social media now open ponder the question of whether China's relationship with North Korea should be sacrosanct.

"For the first time in years, there is reason to hope China may be more helpful. Beijing is clearly exasperated with the North. The new Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, is more decisive than his predecessor. His new foreign policy team views Pyongyang with a jaundiced eye after years of mopping up the diplomatic messes," wrote Michael Green, Victor Cha and Christopher Johnson in a CNN blog post.

The writers are all former U.S. officials who now work at the Center for International Strategic Studies.

Kerry's warm public talk about China's helpfulness came, however, with tough talk and a not-so-subtle threat: reign in the North Koreans or expect the U.S. military buildup in the region to continue.

Obviously, if the threat disappears, the same imperative does not exist at that point in time for us to have that kind of robust, forward-leaning posture of defense," Kerry said in Beijing, referring to a nuclear-free North Korea. "And it is our hope in the short run that we can address that."

There are small, but encouraging, signs that Beijing got the message and is ready to work seriously with the U.S. on diplomatic efforts to rein in the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

South Korea: Joint military drills with U.S. over, but vigilance on North remains

Wu Dawei, China's special representative for North Korea policy, visited Washington this week for several days of consultations with Glyn Davies, the State Department's envoy for North Korea. U.S. officials say Davies is expected to meet with Wu again in Beijing next month.

Transfers of money from North Korean entities in China back to Pyongyang have slowed, as have customs checks at the borders, according to experts and officials. U.S. officials say that China has taken additional measures to crack down on the North, but would not be specific about them in order to build trust with their Chinese counterparts.

How much Kerry's backroom diplomacy with China was a factor in North Korea's calmer behavior has yet to be determined. Some U.S. officials acknowledge China is singing a helpful tune, but have yet to see serious moves by Beijing that would indicate they are putting serious pressure on the regime.

"We believe the views the Chinese have expressed publicly about North Korea are also being expressed privately," one senior U.S. official said. "Whether they are having an effect on North Korea, we don't know. I don't think we can say it's promising or not at this stage."

Other factors are also at play. Spring is typically the time of year North Korea's military returns to the fields for planting. With North Korea's economy in tatters, the military does double duty as farmers, laborers and manufacturers.

And there is the unfortunate realization that North Korea's time out, however welcome, is just that - a time out. Although Pyongyang is undoubtedly pleased the U.S.-South Korea military exercises are over, officials and experts are worried North Korea will feel more emboldened once again.

"This can go on for months with North Korea where nothing is happening or tomorrow they could launch a missile," one senior U.S. official said.

soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. T

    ..WHY...?..because Kim found out how accurate those drone rockets are,.......hitting moving cars and trucks.....

    May 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • chris

      too bad they dont have moving cars and trucks.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  2. daddy2010

    One word: Rodman

    May 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  3. Dave in Ottawa

    Perhaps he finally choked on his ice cream cone. Or somebody choked him. Either way, it works for me.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  4. Jordan

    The country didn't get riled up any more than it normally does.
    The American news media was the one that got in a frenzy.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  5. Ima Mused

    Of course it has. You've been so busy reporting every irrelevant thing about Boston that no one's paying any attention to what's going on there.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  6. el

    Li'l Kim is cooling it because both China and Russia backslapped the idiot.

    The last thing they want or need is a war in their backyards, possibly nuclear, and definitely messing up their trade routes – regardless.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  7. Nickie H

    At this point much of the hard currency coming to the Norks is smuggled armaments to other nut-case countries. Before now they'd threaten to fire a missle, we'd shut them up with $$, and NK could go to its 'customers' saying they were able to get the US to back down. This time we said "go ahead, fire it off, we'll just knock it down", which would have been bad PR for NK selling to countries looking to "smite the Great Satan US". So they slunk off with their tails between their legs.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  8. jack 2

    They have just decided to buy time as they always have. They have no where else to go at the moment but they soon will get capable nukes and will be a real threat. They're just buying time to produce more efficient and deliverable nukes, we shouldn't be so stupid as to sit back and let it happen, It would be very short sighted of us. I don't think Obama will do anything worth while. They know he's a whimp.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • chris

      tell that to Quadaffi...

      May 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  9. James

    Kim Jong-Un saw the response to the Marathon bombings and was all like "Woah, eff this noise; I don't want them sending the Staties after me."

    May 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  10. D Bolander

    Hans Brix!!

    May 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  11. Mo

    How much money did the U.S. tax payers pay, or the Osama Obama administration for this I wonder?

    May 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • no

      You are an idiot.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  12. Robin Jones

    Same old routine as always. Throw tantrum. Back off when empty threats are exhausted. Demand blackmail payment to prevent next tantrum. Make a deal and buy time to work on bigger threats. Receive blackmail payment. Refuse to live up to commitments. Start over with bigger tantrum and bigger threats. Kill some South Koreans. Starve and kill even more North Koreans. Lather, rinse, repeat. The author is correct. China created the beast, and is the responsible party (and the only one able) to control it.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  13. Jim

    North Korea has been threatening the west for decades now. They use this tactic to gain world political clout. The best course of action is to keep a close eye on them, but don't feed their attention starved empty threats of war that we all know would be disastrous for North Korea. Yet, our media continuously stirs the pot with yellow journalism that does nothing but help North Korea's goals.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • jack 2

      and what do we do when they get nukes that are deliverable to the states?

      May 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
      • chuckbaish

        we shoot them down...duh

        May 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  14. Tim Van Deusen

    Of course they have gone quiet. When you taunt a powerful dog like the United States of America knowing our bite is much much worse than our bark, and you know that your bark is worse than your bite, you tend to shut up when your rhetoric is butter basted nonsense. So what of they launch a missile today or tomorrow. All that would do in our defense if give our map makers a few changes to make....for the better.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  15. jack 2

    They have no where else to go at the moment but they soon will get capable nukes and will really be a threat. they're just buying time. we shouldn't be so stupid as to sit back and let it happen, it would be very short sighted of us. I don't think Obama will do anything woth while. They know he's a whimp.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  16. hogarth

    To the author: the correct phrase is "rein in", not "reign in".

    May 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • Mo

      Good observation......these liberal editors cannot spell either...........all the time we see this..........not the author.....it is the uneducated editors..............who probably win awards from their own kind..............

      May 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
      • Jim Oliver

        An ellipsis is used to show the missing parts of a quotation. Three dots if it is with a sentence. Four dots if it includes the end of the quoted sentence.

        May 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  17. Chuck Anziulewicz

    This is pretty typical for such a passive-aggressive regime.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  18. bodybuildinggenie

    Its clear why North Korea is backing off, nobody is paying attention. Right after the Boston bombings the headlines didn't display North Korean propaganda which ultimately put North Korea alone on the stage with nobody watching. Would you still perform if nobody came to watch?

    May 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • bobo

      Where is CNN's article on Bengazhi and how Obama is looking into Government officals gagging people trying to talk????

      May 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
      • John OH

        You can probably find that imaginary article on infowars, you Alex Jones shill...

        May 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
      • Pliny

        Why stop there bobo?

        Why not complain that CNN isn't looking into the 'birth certificate'?

        Or complain about CNN failing to tell us about Obama being a muslim?

        And CNN is still not giving enough daily coverage to Reverend Wright!!!

        Better still bobo...CNN is failing to cover the fact that racists are afraid of a black man in a white house.

        May 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • jack 2

      Obama's got CNN in his pocket. They won't report any negative news on him. They are totally a biased network.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
      • mb2010a

        You obviously don't know jack...

        May 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
      • bobo

        Thank you Jack.... People on here I guess didn't watch the New conference where Obama himself said he would look into it! I guess that is not news......

        May 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  19. cameron

    "Hey Gangnem, Say one more thing. Go ahead say something. I dare you!." says Obama while holding his hand over the mouthpiece of the hot line to the Joint Chiefs.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
  20. Al

    North Korea was doing nothing more than exercising their troops and flapping their lips.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
  21. KJ

    I'm sorry – I don't think we should take anything lightly or possess arrogance with this nut job. You just never know what he is plotting. We have a strong military and allies, but we sure as hell aren't invincible. On a side note, we know he's a nut job, but is it me or does his haircut remind anyone of Hitler? He is a total loser.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
  22. Ted

    Why give an infant such great power?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
  23. livingston1

    Does anyone really care what that nutjob says? As far as his 'demands' go – well, that just reminds me of a spoiled child sitting in the 'timeout' corner and saying that if he gets ice cream, he'll think about being good. It doesn't work with 2yr olds and it certainly won't work for a nothing country.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • Gunny_Badger

      Ain't that the truth.

      May 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    After weeks of fiery rhetoric, military saber rattling and threats against the U.S. and SK, NK's leaders is quiet. Perhaps it was the fly over of the B-52, the Stealt 2 Bomber or the F-22 Raptor. Thank you President Obama!

    May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • David

      You're kidding right? The B52 flyover is part of what set Kim off. If NK had a naval exercise off the coast of Mexico then did a flyover of a nuclear capable bomber, we'd be pretty ticked off too.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • The Woof

        Seriously Dude, a NK naval exercise off the coast of Mexico? Remmeber the Iranians talking trash about coming close to the US coast? Didn't happen! besides a NK naval fleet in the Pacific!? Bwaaahahahahahahaha!

        May 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  25. Z_2k

    BS Jong-Un style

    May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  26. Bob


    May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  27. Nambi

    Seems like the USA is per-occupied with the recent attacks in Boston, and the US Saber rattling is calm right now, hence North Korea's response is calm. Not the best situation for the military industrial complex.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • livingston1

      More likely he is trying to save face while running away from his threats with his tail between his legs. Kind of like a dog that barks over his shoulder while running away from a bigger dog when he realizes his is over matched.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • TT

      The US is not occupied with the bombings, it's the news that is occupied and shifted focus. The US has a much broader focus than one event at a time, a coutry this big couldn't survive without it.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • 6r@mm3r h@mm3r


      May 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  28. Paul

    It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
  29. AnAmerican

    Kim Dong Ding still has a stupid haircut.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  30. BriInTX

    Kim is just mad that he doesn't get to join in the USFK REIGNdeer games.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  31. Thinker

    Jihad nuclear bomb from Pakistan delivered to North Korea in exchange for North Korean painted green missiles Mohamad (pbuh).

    May 1, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  32. nfclrd

    Kim Jong Un is busy playing Angry birds with his desktop Apple computer. When he gets tired of it, he will go back to new threats.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
  33. Mr. Roddy

    I swear, if Jong Un's antics interrupt Running Man, my show in South Korea, in any way, I'm going to raise SO much hell!

    May 1, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
  34. Greg Faith

    Well, If you say so. We'll stop calling you a LITTLE BABY if you will go back to the table and talk. NEINER NEINER

    May 1, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
  35. andres

    Or it could be that lil Kim lost the power struggle with the hardliners. North Korea cut a major source of money off at the knees with the 'temporary' suspension of work at the Kesong North South facility. When called to the table by the South they snubbed the invitation and annouced that it would now become a military manufacturing facility. Its going to be tough to manufacture anything there once the South cuts off of the electricity.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  36. Rick

    Well, they fell in American headlines beneath the Boston bombings, ricin attacks and the explosion in Texas.

    Poor Lil'Kim. He even has missiles and gets no respect.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  37. iceload9

    Has North Korea toned down or the media lost interest since there's no death count yet?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  38. Me

    Gee. Who could have predicted that? It's not like they've done this kind of thing before? This was never a newsworthy story.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
  39. Yago

    Now CNN questions the N.Korean rhetoric of war when they were part of the whole Mass Media Manipulation helping the Military Industrial Complex to get richer on the process? Hypocrites

    May 1, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
  40. Dyan S

    Did we really expect to do anything except be quiet? Now lets make sure we don't send any aid whatsoever. No food, no medicine, no money, nothing at all.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
  41. josh p.

    Or is it our criminal media that,s in cahoots with our criminal Government,that just stop running the War drums.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  42. Jaimie

    Hmm .... All is quiet. That leads me to believe. and hopefully i'm wrong, that someone is giving them something they now want. AND IT BETTER NOT BE MY HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
  43. Lance

    Seem's to me he has LDS

    May 1, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  44. Nathan Hammersmith

    I think it's simple: North Korea needs the full attention of the United States, without distractions, and the Boston bombing was a hella distraction, like a minor 9/11, and North Korea knows it can't compete with that – hence, it's gone quiet. Watch as the Boston bombing falls down the list of front-page stories – or, better, watch as the trial takes precedence, with all its arcane wranglings and court-centered theatrics – and North Korea's belligerence grows. You can set your watch to it. I'd bet everything.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  45. south-side-mike

    WHy is he suddenly silent? He finally un-bunched his panties

    May 1, 2013 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • David

      True. The US gave him a wedgy........

      May 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  46. Darwin

    Note that this outcome is exactly as experts have predicted, and what commonsense will tell you will happen.

    FYI, North Korea has more important things occupying its attention now. It is the growing season. There is a food shortage and most of North Korea is hungry. This is a country that uses its armed forces to plant crops. They cannot afford to fight any sort of war. Kim Jong-Un did it for domestic purposes, presumably to cement his rule. We did the smart thing by ignoring his tantrums.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • shawn

      The real question is why is CNN reporting about this but not President Obama's response regarding Benghazi Survivors getting Lawyers after being threatened by his administration? Watergate anyone?

      May 1, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • Bob

        You're still watching the Looney Tunes Network?

        May 1, 2013 at 11:36 am |
      • KungFuqueU

        That is like so 7 months ago. Get over it.

        May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • 8conor8

      What you said appears true so far in this case, but appeasement was, is and always will be a slippery slope to walk in how one approaches foreign policy. Actions and behaviors that elicit appeasement policies have a tendency to accelerate in usage and scope which when coupled with appeasement approaches can have dire consequences for large geographical spheres and nations.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  47. streetheat

    The little fireball got quiet huh? The CIA must have been able to slip some saltpeter into his kimchee, and they shrunk.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
  48. Charles Beiswanger

    Now is the time to ratchet things up even more to the N Koreans.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  49. Ed

    He's quiet because he never wanted a war in the first place. He was just putting on a political theater show for his own people, to convince them tough he is. Now he can claim to have stood up to the nasty Americans and South Koreans and they have slunk off with their tails between their legs. Hail the Glorious Defender of the starving North Korean people! Forget the fact that the military exercises in the South were always planned as exercises with a beginning and an end.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  50. mommajam

    I think John Kerry wants China to 'rein in' North Korea, not 'reign in' it. Funny how one letter can make such a difference. For a second I thought he wanted China to take over NK!!

    May 1, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
  51. molinyc

    well, not so much Kim Jong but thank God CNN and the rest of the media circus has decided to move their circus tents to the next "big story"

    May 1, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • Steve

      You have that 100% right, CNN found a better story! Its not news unless CNN wants it to be news, then they fabricate the heck out of the story to sell CNN news, then when its beaten to death, they drop it and move on to the next crisis they made up!
      Hey, CNN, I hear CNN is making up breaking news. Why don't you investigate that!!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • josh p.

        All the id-i0ts don,t get it.

        May 1, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Pockets

      Your right in thanking Zeus, and not so much John Kerry, Zeus of course did much more to assist.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
  52. Deb Ed

    So, he wants us to give up 5 things for his 1? We are gullible and stupid if we do it.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  53. learnusa

    Chinese proverb says
    The Lion does not roar while hunting.
    I would not think to lightly about this so called silence.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Bob

      OK, you're paranoid. We get it.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply
  54. RhondaKelly07

    When is the war starting?

    May 1, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
  55. steven


    May 1, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
  56. HJC

    They spritzed things up with some cologne.

    It is still a pile of animal produced organic excrement.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply
  57. ookla the mok

    Umm...it's always quieter before the storm.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
  58. Gomer Pyle

    Let me see......you don't tug on superman's cape......you don't spit into the wind.......you don't pull the mask off of the ol'Lone Ranger

    Any else?

    May 1, 2013 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Jim Croce-ish

      ...and ya don't mess around with Kim!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
  59. seawolf369

    Reblogged this on Stuff Ain't Right.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  60. Brandt

    Now is the time to send a SEAL team in and assasinate Kim Jong Un.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
  61. SARAH

    I think many leaders such as Putin and Fidel Castro, advised him to calm down, and stay out of trouble.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • Tom

      KJU isn't stupid. He knows that poking the dog while it's relaxed will illicit a growl but poking the dog after it has been hit... Let's just say Iraq made the mistake and NK learned the lesson. You just don't provoke the US after a terrorist attack.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
      • Joe

        This would apply if the terrorist group was from North Korea.

        Continuing to threaten the US in wake of the Boston Bombing would not have provoked the US enough to make a move. Look at how conservative Obama is being in Syria after discovering chemical warfare.

        May 1, 2013 at 10:42 am |
  62. Josh

    At least to me, its more CNN. CNN moved onto Boston and Texas, and North Korea fell off the front page.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  63. Pete

    Just like I stated many times before treat N Koreas UN like the spoiled brat he is and just give him the cold shoulder..UN will keep threatening till he realizes anybody of any significence country wise aren't really listening and he'll just fade away like many of his past predecessors have ...If sanctions keep tightening on UNs country and you might see in the N Koreas future a revolt of sorts because his populus of his are the ones feeling the other countrys rath in these sanctions not UN sitting high and mighty on his mountain top looking superior to all just his ego fooling him but no one else!!

    May 1, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  64. Dave

    China has quietly and judicously had a word with Little Kim. The US economy is starting to heat up and Chinese exports love their ultimate destination across the Pacific. The wooden saber rattling will begin again in earnest in the fall – don't worry. All the world is a stage and we are the main actors........

    May 1, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
  65. Bill

    Unless N. Korea, at this point, is willing to give up something, I do not see a point of negotiating. As a matter of fact, it would be a good time to increase sanctions if possible. This will clearly show that they will gain nothing from following their previous pattern of bad behavior gets rewarded.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:01 am | Reply
  66. SkyKing169

    Oh darn.
    We were just itching for the stupid fat kid to take a shot so we could pound him into oblivion and remove that threat to the US once and for all.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  67. Chris

    The only reason NK has gone quiet is because the media stopped the constant fear mongering to boost ratings, nightly. They went away because the story stopped being told.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  68. LL

    Where did Li'l Kim get that beauty queen wave on the main page?


    May 1, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
  69. joey_gr

    As usual. Rince, repeat and move on.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  70. Rob

    Good that with those "demands". Hahahahahahaha!

    May 1, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  71. Keith Holt

    The Chinese finally stepped on the little gnat.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:35 am | Reply
    • LL

      And the Russians had their foot lifted to do the same thing.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
  72. rATL

    They saw the way we tore through the two guys who set off tiny bombs in Boston and realized the devastation that would result if they messed around with nukes.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • David

      Like we're SURPRISED. nuff said

      May 1, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
  73. Hahahahahahahha

    A new shipment of "Flowbees" arrived. They are all getting their "State" haircuts. Hahahahahahahahaha

    May 1, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  74. Jurgen L

    "REIGN in the North Koreans or expect the U.S. military buildup in the region to continue."

    Too funny, but tells us what you REALLY think.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • MES

      Poor spelling does entirely change the meaning of the piece. But does the writer really think NK should be REIGNED in, or should they be REINED in?

      May 1, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  75. Boulderite

    We all share the blame for this. Instead of turning NK into a nation of villains, we should be reaching out to help them. This world needs fewer walls and FAR more bridges. I cringe at the racism and bloodlust in America today.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • rosestool

      South Korea done, we done that too. It did not work. Nor will it ever work with dictatorship state.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • Joe

      That is tantamount to giving a child his way after throwing a tantrum. It will just happen over and over again. You can't build a bridge that is anchored on one side only. That just become a way to walk the plank.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Jane

      Let's remember that the leader of North Korea sees himself as some type of God. He was raised to believe this. This, of course, is not the case but when you have been brainwashed to believe this lie then you may see yourself as invincible. However, the truth is rather than using his power to develop the country and feed his people he would rather threaten the world in order that the rest of the world feeds his people while he uses the money to build bombs and strengthen his military. IGNORE HIM – China, Russia and South Korea will take care of L'il Kim. Keep the sanctions going and impose stronger sanctions if needs be. It would be nice to see him come begging, hat in hand than put up with this rhetoric everytime L'il Kim has a tantrum.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  76. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So, the fat little turd realized he had a JV Basketball team about to go up against the Majors, and would get his butt whomped. Either that, or his BFF Dennis Rodman promised to come back if he didn't attack.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  77. Matthew

    Sounds like China shut them up.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
  78. Jim

    The toy soldier just realized that he was just about to get his can kicked.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
  79. Doctorstrangeluv

    Kim feel so ronery during the two weeks USA media was focused on Boston bombings and not paying any attention to him

    May 1, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • David

      Good point and too funny lol

      May 1, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
  80. CED1968

    I am thinking that sabre rattling and firing a rocket in the midst of the U.S. trying to determine if we were under a terror attack was probably not a good idea. The U.S. response would not have been "measured" but rather "instant" But what do I know?

    May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • David

      No rice rewards this time brother.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  81. geoz

    little man remembered something.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  82. Lance

    In their country they probably declared that the war did happen and they defeated the American army with beams of light from the holy emperor's hands that turned back the Navy and destroyed the airforce and their people would just go along with it because they would end up in some concentration camp otherwise.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • cdgfla

      Yeah, no doubt.

      However to date I don't think history has shown a more cowardly group of people than the North Koreans. Hundreds of groups of citizens/people have risen up over history to overthrow oppressive leaders and regimes, but these people just sit and take it, doing nothing. Christ, even the French managed one of the greatest Revolutions in the history of the world. The Russians, Americans, Charles Martel against the Moorish spread North in Spain, India, the Turks over the Byzantines, a host of African nations under European domination, the Italians and Mussolini, the Germanic, Celtic and Gothic tribes against Rome, the Arab Spring, the list goes on and on.

      Help yourselves, because no one else is going to. Just ridiculous that this fat Mongoloid family hasn't been crucified and left in a ditch to rot by now. Do something or stop whining about your lot in life.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
      • rosestool

        Soviet Union did not collapse until economic hardship that required drastic reforms brought more openness to the society. Same must happen in NK to Kim's dynasty to obdictate the throne. All dictatorships and empires in human history had collapsed under economic burden, never because of people's thirst for freedom.
        All the while China keeps throwing crumbs to NK the latter will maintain status quo.
        NK people are no more cowardly than anybody else, it's just you dont know what you are missing when you've never had it. That's why Kim's family keeps the borders closed, as long as its people remain ignorant the little fat dude can feel safe.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:20 am |
      • Happy Easter

        I agree, except for the curious part about the "the Turks over the Byzantines". Turks came in as a warrior tribe that beat up on a waning empire that was divided and severely compromised by the Crusades. No real triumph of freedom there. But I digress.

        May 1, 2013 at 11:03 am |
      • Yago

        rosestool: There are only 2 main reasons why the Soviet Union fall. The Afghan Invasion and Chernobyl. After that, they were BROKE.

        May 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • rosestool

      Good point. I would not be surprised if they just made up a story.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  83. Linda Luttrell

    Liked it better when he was ranting & raving. It is those quiet ones you need to watch out for...

    May 1, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
  84. VVVV

    The war games have come to an end. They do this every time we do war games with South Korea. Seems like we would eventually catch on.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  85. janecrackedcorn

    Sit Doggy, Sit !!

    Good Boy ....

    my dog was trained by the same method

    May 1, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
  86. NETOPS25N

    It's not like they have an option. Either they cool it or get erased from the surface of the planet.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • daddy2010

      You really think so?

      May 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  87. abmri60

    And now he lost his face in the entire world.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
  88. schoolsub

    We need to make South Korea into an island: Sink everything between the 38th Parallel and China into the ocean.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
  89. elvix

    It is like they have the right to disrupt world peace. I beg, to demilitarize North Korea and remove the trouble maker Kim Jong Un.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
    • asopfjioasf

      removing kim kung un wont do anything just remove the coutry 🙂

      May 1, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
  90. junkypimp

    I think things have quieted in North Korea because Fat Boy realized there would be no more Twinkies after the nuclear war.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • Blueline

      The only reason things have gone quiet with North Korea is because the media is over-covering the Boston Bombing. Once that dies down a bit they will need to trump up the tensions again to fill the pages.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply
  91. Khanh

    Instead of watching Kim Kadashian, I watch Kim Yong Un. If he stops being entertaining, I am going back to watching the other Kim.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
  92. elvix


    May 1, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
  93. Michael

    He took some time out to eat. Or perhaps got a bad haircut and is afraid to show his face till it grows out.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
  94. knownotta

    Yeah, they are not quite. The states isn't covering it or making it a huge story. As soon as boston happened pure silence. Before-–oh my North Korea is gonna attack.....there is chance of nuclear destuction....they have capable missile to carry such nukes.......oh no...oh no....then........................................crickets. They might bring it back once nothing else is happening.

    May 1, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
  95. Steven Ashe

    How come CNN does not talk about Benghazi? Our government is threatening employees if they talk???

    Why doesn't CNN do anything about it? CNN run's the rest of the world? Doesn't it?

    May 1, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply
    • reb362

      Go to fox news. They love talking about Benghazi.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Steven Ashe,Benghazi is over ,old news bud..You want Pres.Obama inpeached ,Hillary arrested over 4 deaths but let Bush,Cheney that have killed thousands of innocents walk around free ,the result of a war created with lies.....What hypocracy from you and others going as far back as Reagan with over 300 murdered in 2 embassy and a marine barricks bombed by terrorists in Lebanon,Kuwait and guess what Steven nothing was done to Reagan or these two in Bush ,Cheney has it!!150 countries have indictments on these two murderers but us because we lead the world in hypocracy and you bring as one of the ignorent ,uninformed that keep parroting because you don't have anything of intelligence to say!Remember if Hillary does run even with Benghazi in her past you or any republican have nothing in reps to stop her,case closed !!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • Steven Ashe

        Bwhahahahahahaha, Hillary Clinton what??? who??? LOSERS!

        August 24, 2017 at 12:13 am |
  96. Dennis

    Same old, same old ... demands! Nothing will change in the North unless China does somthing to entice its neighbor to serious political reform ... with a healthy dose of human development too.
    There are only two reasons this outburst happened, 1) the UN sanctions 2) to ensure the military first power structure.
    Nobody here in S. Korea thinks the fat boy and his Generals in the North would actually go to war to disrupt their life styles and be hunted down like other international criminals. They have the most to loose and in fact lost this round of the fight.

    May 1, 2013 at 7:33 am | Reply
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